Northern Territory’s capital is growing its reputation as a popular business events destination, if the latest financial results for Darwin Convention Centre are anything to go by.
The venue had its highest-ever number of national and international delegates in FY19, with close to 20,000 attending business events across the last financial year, resulting in over $54 million in delegate spend for the local economy.
Peter Savoff, general manager of Darwin Convention Centre, said event planners are discovering Darwin is a popular choice for their delegates, and are seeing higher-than-expected attendance.
“We had several conferences over the year exceed their attendance objectives,” he said.
“Darwin is a destination that delegates what to visit. It provides an opportunity for people to escape the bigger cities and the cool winter weather.
“The Top End allows delegates to come away and network with their colleagues, and create meaningful connections in a unique destination.”
The trend is continuing this week with the National Housing Conference, hosted by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, selling out, with over 1,100 delegates registered to attend the event.
Savoff also noted the significant the impact Darwin Convention Centre has on the local economy.
“Delegates attending conferences eat in the local restaurants, stay in hotels and visit attractions around the city and region,” he said.
“The benefits are far-reaching.”